10 November 2017 – Octon to Salagou

This is an easy walk of about 7 km from Octon over to Lake Salagou, an area where we have often walked before.

2016-03-31 12-34-15It is forecast to remain cold and rather windy this week, so we propose this easy, circular walk of about 7 km, generally flat, and all on tracks and quiet roads. However, it is rather exposed, so make sure you have some protection against the wind. There are often some water birds of interest at the lake, so think about bringing your binoculars.

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The walk will start from the main square in Octon at about 10:25 and take about 2 hours. The bar in Octon is usually open, so it should be possible to take lunch there for those not in a rush to get back.

Leader: Andrew
Distance: 7 km


23 February 2017 – Laulo

A circular walk starting beside the Lergue at the hamlet of Laulo, and climbing up to the volcanic Auverne plateau beside Lake Salagou

This walk is about 7km, mostly on tracks and quiet roads, and it rises about 150m. We start at Laulo, a hamlet just across the Lergue from Salelles du Bosc, on the road to Mas Audran and Lacoste. The first two kilometers of the walk are all uphill, on a path through the escarpment woods that leads up to the plateau of l’Auverne. This is the flat hill that overlooks the Salagou dam from the north side. At the far side of the plateau we get views down to the lake, and then into the lower Salagou valley and across the Lergue. The track descends, above Mas Audran and then back to Laulo.2013-05-02 12-02-00 c.jpg

As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to leave at 10:00. We should start the walk from Laulo at about 10:25, and be back in Lodeve by 13:00.

Organiser: Andrew
Distance: 7km
Climb: 150m

12 November 2015 – Lac du Salagou from Les Vailhes

A good walk for a sunny and unusually warm November morning. We started from the parking place just above the village of les Vailhes, following the lower track just above the lake and returning by the higher track, with spectacular views which are always different depending on the season.

This walk was 7 km long; it can be extended to 9 km by starting from the large car park by the lake and climbing up past the chapel. Or of course you can extend it to go as far as the dam at the other end of Salagou.

Leader: Celia

23 April 2015 – Beside Salagou

Salagou view
There are many walks to do around Lac du Salagou, and many people will have their favourite. This week we chose one well known by several. The lake always looks different depending on the weather and time of year. On this occasion the lake was full.
Starting from the car park by the camp site at Les Vailhés, we followed the path by the lake and then went up by the ruined chapel (closed at the moment),

We turned right when we reached the track, pausing for a break by the “organ pipes” where we admired the basalt rock formations


As always, there were good views of the lake on the return journey

Salagou view
Salagou view

We continued through the village of Les Vailhés to return to the car park

Les Vailhes

Et voici les infos pour les francais!

Many thanks to Mike for the photos
Distance: 9 km
Leader: Celia